CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2012 |
When he drives his 2006 Toyota Land Cruiser to work, William Fleischman can tell if the streets he's navigating are in Los Angeles (bumpety-bumpety) or Beverly Hills (smooth). Among the worst, he says, are the roads just beyond his gated driveway in Holmby Hills, a posh L.A. enclave north of Sunset Boulevard. Along Carolwood Drive, Faring Road and Brooklawn Drive, tree roots have buckled the concrete pavement. Cracks are visible. An orange cone alerts motorists to an 18-inch-square hole filled four inches deep with water.
August 1, 2013 |
The Veronique and Gregory Peck estate has come on the market in Holmby Hills for $24.995 million. Set on 1.3 acres, the 1932 house sits at the end of a long driveway and features the original marble-walled foyer, vaulted ceilings, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 9,000 square feet of living space. The updated kitchen, with a separate service kitchen, has French doors that open to the grounds and swimming pool. Peck, who died in 2003 at 87, won an acting Oscar for his starring role as Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962)
December 1, 1985 |
Jack Benny lived there--a 2.5-acre Holmby Hills home across the street from Hugh Hefner's "Playboy Mansion"--and the old Benny home has been sold, again. The house--a 1927 Italian villa with a long, private driveway, a motorcourt for 30 cars, a chauffeur's quarters, a ballroom-size living room and rolling lawns--was the last place the famous comedian lived. Benny died at the age of 80 in 1974. His wife of nearly 50 years, Mary Livingstone, lived there until she died at 77 in 1983.
October 11, 2012 |
Investor and pro soccer team owner Gabriel Brener has put his estate in Holmby Hills up for sale at $90 million. The 35,000-square-foot manse, built in 2001, sits on a 3.6-acre site that once contained motion picture giant Walt Disney's personal residence. The three-level mansion features a two-story oval foyer, statuary, a wine cellar, a movie room, three bars, a library, a gym, eight bedrooms, 17 bathrooms and two safe rooms. Staff quarters are accessible from a service entrance at the garage.
July 2, 1989 |
CASEY KASEM, co-creator and host of "American Top 40" the nation's most widely syndicated radio countdown show--is buying a house as a birthday present for his wife, Jean. They've been living at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for several months in a suite that is now for lease for $20,000 a month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2012 |
Mindy Newman was enjoying a peaceful night at home Saturday in Holmby Hills, reading a biography of the late Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs. Then at 10:30 p.m., the kids began arriving on her street "like a swarm of bees," she said. "They were coming in cars. They were coming in cabs. " Beverly Hills police had shut down a party nearby, and it was now migrating and growing by the minute — news spreading via social media and smartphones — to the apparently unoccupied Holmby Avenue house next to Newman's.